CJJ Today

02
May

OP-ED: Lions, Tigers, and Runaways – Oh My!

By Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer of Juvenile Law, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges When it comes to inflation and trains, being on “runaway” status presents a major risk for disaster. The same is true for runaway children who come to the attention of juvenile and family courts. There is little doubt runaways are some of the most vexing cases judges face – particularly when the child is chronically engaged in this behavior, is resistant to intervention and presents at least some risk of harm to themselves or others. Historically, some courts have rationalized the use of detention in these cases as a means to teach the child a lesson, or because there are no other readily identifiable intervention options.
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09
Apr

The Right Message, the Right Mentor

By Dante Cottingham Like walking through a forest in the middle of a moonless night, unable to see properly I tripped and fell, made bad decisions, and took wrong turns throughout my childhood.
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12
Mar

School Discipline Changes Coming to Maryland

By Ebony Harley Community Engagement Manager Advocates for Children and Youth Abstract: Advocates for Children and Youth reflect on the Maryland State Board of Education’s approval of the School Discipline Reform.
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06
Mar

OP-ED: We Can Do More to Ensure Equitable Treatment of LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

By Marie Williams, JD, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice & Ellen Khan, M.S.S., Director, Children, Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign We need to do a much better job ensuring that teens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) are treated equitably by the juvenile justice system. A report from the Equity Project, tells us that LGBTQ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to be placed in a juvenile detention facility. Additionally, Dr. Angela Irvine has found that LGBTQ youth are detained at nearly double the rate of heterosexual teens for status offenses, like skipping school and running away from home. Status offenses are behaviors that constitute a crime merely because the person who engaged in them is not an adult.
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